Max Irons on BBC One Breakfast

Max Irons made an appearance on BBC One Breakfast on Wednesday 4 September 2013.  He talked about The White Queen, Posh and his new play Farragut North.

See the video HERE.

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Max Irons on dynasties and The White Queen – The Times

Max Irons is featured in The Times from Thursday 15 August 2013.

The full article is for Times subscribers only and can be found HERE.

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Max Irons in DuJour Magazine

Max Irons is featured in the August 2013 issue of DuJour Magazine.

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Irons In The Fire

With The White Queen, Max Irons emerges as the clear successor to an acting dynasty

By Adam Rathe
Photographed by Annelise Howard Phillips
Styled by Paul Frederick

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Strange things happen when Max Irons sleeps.

“I’ve been having the most vivid dreams, involving all real people, really clear and believable dreams,” the 27-year-old actor says, staring intently to make it clear he’s serious. “Some nice, some not.”

Blame melatonin for what’s going on at night with the jet-lagged actor, who’s on a jaunt to New York from his home in London. His other dreams, however, the ones that are coming true, can only be attributed to hard work—and more than a pinch of good luck.

In August, the period dramaThe White Queen (adapted from the Philippa Gregory novel) will debut on Starz, beaming Irons’ fetching mug into millions of homes. Following that is an Antonio Vivaldi biopic with Irons as the Italian composer, and Posh, a look at an Oxford secret society, from An Education director Lone Scherfig. Indeed, Irons seems poised to become that most dreamed-about thing: a serious, successful actor.

“It wasn’t a calculated step,” Irons, who starred in Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer’s The Host earlier this year, says. “I was recently up for a large part in a franchise, a very well-established franchise, and I said, ‘I can’t do it.’ No matter how you spin it to me, it was a version of the two parts I played before [in Red Riding Hood and The Host]. I’m very grateful these films got my foot in the door, but if I do it again, I’ll want to quit acting.”

Enter Edward IV, the first king of England to come from the House of York. “When this came along, it felt like a different direction,” Irons says of his role in The White Queen. “It was this really fascinating piece of English history. And there’s development of the character: You meet when he’s 22 and young and powerful and you see him—I don’t mean to spoil anything—on his deathbed. It felt like something I could get my teeth into.”

It certainly is. During the series’ first season, Irons’ Edward—who, like the actor, was known for his height and good looks—progresses from the tenderfoot monarch whose reign, beginning in 1461, was bloodied by the War of the Roses to a seasoned king presiding over a peaceful land until his untimely death at the age of 41. Along the way, the series’ titular regent, who is Edward’s wife (played by Swedish stunner Rebecca Ferguson), complicates matters as a powerbroker in her own right.

To untangle the story’s knotty web of ancient aristocrats, Irons had his work cut out for him. “There is, relatively speaking, not much information on this particular king,” Irons says. “I had to go into a bookshop and track down his journey. What I love to research is what everyone was up to. You know it was very conniving, backstabbing way of life. People were constantly after you, so consequently you’ve got to know what everyone in the room was up to.”

That feeling probably isn’t too unfamiliar to Irons, who, as the son of actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, has grown up in the public eye. Irons says while he can ride the Tube and go where he likes virtually undetected, it still isn’t easy following in the footsteps of prominent parents. “I became an actor at 17, and whether or not I like to acknowledge it on a conscious level, my parents are very successful actors—there is no way around it, ” he says. “Which is difficult for a son because you want to impress your family and I’ve realized I never truly will. I’ll never amaze them.”

Although stardom might be old hat for his family, Irons is still wide-eyed enough to appreciate the experience. “I have to do it for me, I have to amaze myself,” he says. “I’m on sets surrounded by people on horses, people in armor and they’re all following me because I’m the king. This is an amazing moment; I’m not letting this moment drift by and then trying to amaze someone later by reporting back. I’m living life, I’m living the life I’ve created.”

Indeed, the decisions that Irons is making now will shape what he hopes will be a decades-long career. And if Edward IV can teach him anything, it must just be how to survive life as a movie star.

“He was cheeky and charming and dangerous,” Irons says of the young king, “but he could get away with it.”

Jeremy Irons Hosts Horticultural Show for Watlington in Bloom

From The Henley Standard

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ACTOR Jeremy Irons hailed Watlington’s “scruffiness” during the town’s horticultural show on Sunday.

About 350 people attended the show, which was organised by Watlington in Bloom and held at a barn in Hill Road belonging to Irons and his actress wife Sinead Cusack.

The show, which was the first to be held in Watlington for more than two decades, took place at the same time as an open gardens afternoon.

Irons, who presented the prizes with his wife, said: “I have always thought that part of Watlington’s charm is that it is on the edge of being scruffy.

“It’s not a toy village like something you might find in the Cotswolds but it’s rather nice because of that.

“It’s a working village — people are busy and don’t always have time to look after some of the alleyways, so sometimes they get a bit overgrown and you have to hack your way through them with a machete.

“However, with a little amount of effort on all our parts, it can be lifted out of scruffiness. It has a wonderful charm and a day like today brings us all together to be surrounded by beautiful plants.

“This year has been an enormous success for Watlington in Bloom and I hope we will build on it next year.”

Cusack told the crowd: “I don’t think the barn has ever looked as pretty as it does today, so all you kids and everyone who made these beautiful arrangements of flowers deserves to be congratulated. It is a fantastic array of excellence.”

Classes were judged by Peter Thompson, Watlington’s mentor for the Britain in Bloom competition, and John White, a judge from Chalgrove.

Jenny Stillwell won best entry with a spray of flowers. Kerris Hennstridge and Lara Spicer won best children’s entry with their miniature gardens. Diana Kean won overall best in show and Linda Nicholson was runner-up.

The demand for the open gardens was so great that the group ran out of programmes. Eighteen venues were open to the public during the afternoon, including the town’s old burgage plots and private gardens.

Tim Horton, chairman of Watlington in Bloom, said the group would now consider holding the events annually.

“A lot of people said they loved seeing the horticultural show back in the town and I think whatever we do in the future it was nice to have that response,” he said. Just under £1,000 was raised by the two events but Mr Horton said: “The real intention was to celebrate the town and have a really good day.”

He thanked Tom and Gill Bindoff for setting up the show and Watlington in Bloom co-ordinator Terry Jackson and her husband Keith for their help throughout the weekend. Pat Fewell, who organised the open gardens event but was unable to attend as she was recovering from an operation, was thanked in her absence.

Watlington is to compete in the national final of the large village category of Britain in Bloom this summer after achieving its greatest success yet in the regional competition last year.

The regional judging will take place on July 15 and the national judging on August 6.

Mr Horton said: “We are now heading for our true tests. Clearly we have many tasks to do but will have no complaints about watering daily if the sun shines like it did at the weekend.”

Published 08/07/13

Jeremy Irons at Paris Fashion Week

Jeremy Irons was in Paris, France on Friday 28 June for Fashion Week to attend the Berluti presentation.

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack arrived in Paris via the Eurostar train at the Gare du Nord station:

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Jeremy Irons Attends Serpentine Summer Party 2013

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the Serpentine Gallery’s Summer Party on 26 June 2013, in London.

Click here for video of Jeremy Irons at the party.

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Jeremy Irons at the World Actors Forum

Jeremy Irons was in Dublin, Ireland at the Gate Theatre on Saturday 15 June 2013, to participate in the World Actors Forum. Trashed was screened at the WAF and, afterward, Jeremy was interviewed by Joseph O’Connor.

On the same day, Jeremy Irons was present at University College Dublin, to see Sinead Cusack receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

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The World Actors Forum 2013 from ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Vimeo.

Photo via @IrishFilmmakers on Twitter

Photo via @IrishFilmmakers on Twitter

Photo via Conor Furlong on Instagram

Photo via Conor Furlong on Instagram

Photo via @SticksStonesIRL on Twitter

Photo via @SticksStonesIRL on Twitter

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Jeremy Irons in ‘The Sunday Times’ 9 June 2013

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Jeremy Irons in Corriere della Sera Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the 7 June 2013 issue of Corriere della Sera Magazine from Italy.

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Here is a translation of the article:
(Thank you to Barbara Danisi for the translation!)

Jeremy Irons arrives in Italy to read Machiavelli’s The Prince together with Laura Morante.

He says that the only real Prince left is the Pope. He’s the only one who has the power to change the world and make it better. He has already begun changing the Vatican: Jeremy was very impressed seeing the Pope washing people’s feet, that’s what the Church needs. Then he compares Pope Bergoglio with the character he played in the movie Mission, Father Gabriel, they’re both of the Jesuit order.

The game of power has remained the same for years. ‘’ Whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse’’ Machiavelli wrote.

Human nature hasn’t changed, and so haven’t the means to control people. Industries only care about their business, politicians in Bruxelles decide for our lives. It’s the game of power. Those who cheat will always find those who let themselves be cheated.

Jeremy has never thought of becoming a politician. To be a politician you must have great ideals, know society, without accepting compromises, which is the most difficult thing to do.

‘’I’ve always tried to organize my life, and I’ve always said to my sons that the most important thing is to find happiness in life. Even when I choose my roles I choose characters who are far away from politics.’’

In theatre he played Richard II, a man who didn’t want to rule, but found himself on the throne, as opposite to Macbeth and his lust for power and dangers. Jeremy says that in politics there have been some good men, such as Nelson Mandela or Churchill. But every politician is disappointing in the end, leading a nation is a hard task.

Bruxelles has power over almost every European nation. Last year in Italy the prime minister was not voted by people, but imposed and charged to put order in the Italian economics, but having an economist as the head of the government is not a good thing.

Ironically there was a politician in the Irons family: one of his ancestors broke into Westminster parliament riding a donkey to make a petition for democracy.

There is one man that Jeremy admires, and he is Pope Francis. Jeremy likes going to church with his Catholic wife Sinead. ‘’When I was in Colombia shooting The Mission I chose to be barefoot all the time because the Indians didn’t wear any shoes and I wanted to feel like them, feel what they felt, a strong bond with nature and the ground under their feet. You can follow the word of Christ without being influenced by the Church of Rome. Actually the Church has always been far away from people , but I think Pope Francis can change this. It will be hard but he can make it’’.

Very different from Pope Francis is Rodrigo Borgia, a dissolute libertine. ‘’I read a lot about him to play this character. He was more of a king than a pope, he wanted to be rich and powerful but in the end he stained the name of his family forever. Rodrigo is often seen as a negative man, but playing a negative character is very charming! Playing the role of someone who goes against the rule of society is very interesting! There’s this constant fight between the good and the evil inside of us’’.

Then Jeremy goes on talking about Trashed. Films, movies (Jeremy’s favourite movie is L’amour by Michael Haneke) cannot change people but can make us aware of the problems we need to solve.
Jeremy Irons says he wants to stay away from politics, but Trashed is a political film.
‘’We are sinking into trash. We are producing too much trash and it pollutes everything, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the sea. But many industries make a lot of money out of trash, so there’s little interest in facing the issue. It would be easy, starting with recycling and reducing packaging. Incinerators are very dangerous, because all goes into the air and can cause damages to people’s brain. Governments should do something about it but they don’t, they’re not interested. ‘’

In the end Jeremy talks about internet and facebook. They should be places for dialogue, instead every word you say is turned around and given the wrong meaning, as it happened recently when Irons stated his views on gay marriage.

‘’Everyone sees what they want to see, few really listen to what you say and understand what you really are’’ Machiavelli wrote 500 years ago. And so we wait for Jeremy in Florence to explain all of this.

Jeremy Irons at the 2013 Hay Festival

Jeremy Irons read Four Quartets by TS Eliot on Saturday 1 June.  He introduced a screening of Trashed and also was a part of the Poetry of the Great War readings on Sunday 2 June.

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Click HERE for audio of Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack and Rupert Evans reading The Poetry of the Great War. The actors read Josephine Hart’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.
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Jeremy Irons on his love for TS Eliot – from The Telegraph

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Here are some photos and feedback from the weekend (Click on the thumbnails for larger images):

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